Sherbrooke (population about 160 thousand, area: 366 square kilometres) is the regional capital of the Eastern Townships or Estrie (official name). The city abounds with treasures to discover and adventures to be had and all guests are captivated by the charm of this place set against a backdrop of valleys, hills and plateaux. Indeed, residents of Sherbrooke are proud of their surroundings and make their responsibility to preserve its beauty.
Many years ago, the Abenaki nation lived there. In 1801, Gilbert Hyatt built here a fvery first flourmill and a sawmill and thus the village was founded, named after Sir John Coape Sherbooke, a British general and Governor General of Canada from 1816 to 1818. The city’s new era of development starts in 1850, with the arrival of the railway.
In fact, when Gilbert Hyatt, a British Loyalist, arrived here from the US, with his five brothers in 1792, he built a mill over the Magog River. The hamlet founded near by, was known as Hyatt’s Mill.
In 1818, Sir John Coape Sherbrooke authorized to name the village with his name. By 1816, a Catholic mission was settled in the area, and Reverend Jean Raimbault celebrated a first mass, in May 1816, that was the beginning of the city.
Three rivers cross the city of Sherbrooke, namely Magog, St-Francis and Massawippi, and 15 bridges cross these rivers. More than 100 parks and green zones surround its area. The city has been awarded the distinction 3 florets by the Fleurons du Québec, a horticultural beautification project.
Sherbrooke has a reputation for natural settings throughout its urban areas and landscapes, and it’s known as a green city, where more and more effort is being devoted to protecting this rich environment.
Old North ward of Sherbrooke is a picturesque neighbourhood resplendent with very beautiful Victorian homes. Lennoxville, is a historical borough, where the Bishop’s university is located. Many nice churches can be visited.
Sherbrooke is also many colourful festivals, diverse architecture, captivating history and its friendly people.
Let’s mention annual Festival Country Sherbrooke, Fishing festival, Celebration of Quebec’s National Holiday on 24th of June, free public concerts at the theatre Granada, Sherbrooke Comedy Fest, Estrie Book fair, Flower show, International Bantam Tournament, Sherbrooke’s continental Challenge on Ice, Sherbrooke Carnaval and many more annual events.
As to the transportation, free city bus guidebooks with schedules, itineraries and maps are available at the Tourist information Bureau at 785 King Street West, as well as directly from bus drivers. Daily bus service link Sherbrooke and Montreal. Newcomers should have in mind that shuttle buses are available from Montreal-Trudeau airport to Montreal’s main bus terminal, and from there, several buses run daily to Sherbrooke. It takes about 1 hour and a half to get to the city of Sherbrooke from Montreal.
Free wireless internet access is offered within city limits at more than 160 locations by the University of Sherbrooke network ZAP Sherbrooke.
- Walking and driving tours of Sherbrooke
- Old-North Sherbrooke
- Painted History of Sherbrooke tour
- Tour of Lennoxville
- St. Michel Cathedral
- Eastern Townships
- Summit Drive in Megantic county
- Mont Bellevue
- Grandes Fourches Network
- Frontenac Power plant
- Domain Howard Park
- Wilson House
- City’s Concerts
- Frontenac Esplanade
- Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra
- Fly-In Faucheurs de Marguerites